tree browning

Asked June 9, 2015, 11:20 PM EDT

What's causing the top and tips of my apple tree branches to turn brown? What's the remedy?

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1 Response

This looks like fire blight, a disease that hits pears and apples, as well as ornamental plants. You need to combat it by pruning--but it's a special procedure known as 'ugly stub' pruning. It is described at the end of our online info on fire blight. Read through the entire thing.